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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fully-automatic delay

I have a hard time understanding why anyone needs to hold, let alone fire a fully-automatic machine gun (plinking cans?). But I have an even harder time understanding why the Massachusetts Legislature needs to study a bill that would keep the weapons out of the hands of untrained children.

The recreational use argument falls short for this weapon that would appear to have only one use -- kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible. Machine guns conjure up the image of John Dillinger and Al Capone, not hunting deer for dinner.

But I am also willing to accept that in a free society there are people who wish to collect exotic weapons and are willing to maintain them safely.

I draw the line however at condoning irresponsible behavior such as allowing an 8-year-old to handle a powerful weapon. And I also draw the line at the Legislature suggesting there is a rationale for continuing to allow that after an 8-year-old died by his own hand because he could not handle it.

When machines guns are regulated properly, we will all be a little safer.

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